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Angel - 1977 On Earth As It Is In Heaven

ALBUM: On Earth As It Is In Heaven
LABEL: Casablanca
YEAR: 1977
CD REISSUE: 2008, uMe (Universal Music Enterprises), USA, B0011197-02, remaster * 2012, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY155


LINEUP: Frank DiMino - vocals * Punky Meadows - guitars * Gregg Giufrria - keyboards * Mickey Jones - bass * Barry Brandt - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Telephone Exchange * 02 She's A Mover * 03 You're Not Fooling Me * 04 That Magic Touch * 05 Big Boy (Lets Do It Again) * 06 On The Rocks * 07 Can You Feel It * 08 Cast The First Stone * 09 White Lightning * 10 Just A Dream


With one of the coolest rock logos- ever, Angel by the time this record came out were already a cult band and seemingly on their way to the top. The previous two albums played the progressive rock side of the coin. Sort of a pretty version of Uriah Heep, having nothing to do with KISS who they were normally associated with due to their taste in platform shoes, silk and satin finery and overblown stage shows as well as sharing the same label. They were anti-KISS really, but like the kabuki foursome, Angel had a taste for merchandising themselves on the usual 70's essentials, necklaces and posters and included an order form in every LP. They looked great and sounded great on 'Angel' and 'Helluva Band', but that soon started to change with 'On Earth Earth As It Is In Heaven'.

The Songs
Perhaps with the right production this album would have been different? The sound is lifeless and muddy, but it's the songs that matter and in the end they just don't cut it. 'Can You Feel It' is certainly classic Angel, but 'Big Boy (Lets Do It Again)'? What was that? Unfortunately, we didn't have 'skip' buttons back in the day, but this is definitely one of the worse songs Angel ever recorded and one that should be avoided if you ever land a copy of the now out of print CD version. 'Telephone Exchange', like the albums single 'That Magic Touch' is a blatant attempt at cracking the pop charts and not a very good one at that. 'White Lightning' and 'Cast the First Stone' are passable, but this is a band who listened to far too many accountants and not enough to themselves and the poor musical direction they had by now taken.

In Summary
Following a large arena tour with Rush, Angel would become a full fledged headliner with a legendary stage show, with a talking Angel head included. It was these concerts that helped sell records giving them their reputation and 'On Earth As It Is In Heaven' sold relatively well. Considering this was the pre-Van Halen debut era, there was very little of this type of music available so it shouldn't be a surprise, yet for the more discerning rock fans of the day myself included, the album was a major let down although I still have that poster of the album cover!

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#1 | sabace on December 25 2007 20:02:17
#2 | Jokerdean on January 25 2008 21:36:10
Never gotta chance to hear this one...but it probably rocks
like most of Angel's stuff doesclap
#3 | reyno-roxx on January 31 2008 10:06:08
It has its moments, especially 'Cast The First Stone' and 'Just A Dream' that hark back to the brilliance of the first two records, but 'On Earth..' is clearly a transitional album. I always thought Eddie Kramer did a lousy job on the production, especially given his work with Kiss. Maybe they should've had Bob Ezrin in for this one?
#4 | Eric on February 01 2008 03:25:23
Yeah, the production has always ben a big stickler for me, but so do most of the songs. 'Cast..' and 'Just..' are good, but just not good enough in light of the dynamic duo of the first two. Erzin coming off 'Destroyer' might have helped but who knows?
#5 | rkbluez on November 19 2009 11:32:48
Liked the all out rockers but you could see they were heading in a more poppy direction with shorter less hard rockin' tunes that I myself didn't like...and I agree the production sucks big time...but still the good songs that rock make it worth buying.
#6 | trillion1999 on October 08 2011 18:30:20
Liked everything on this one.Simply loved That Magic Touch from the first time I heard it!in love
#7 | tompa on January 01 2013 13:56:23
Though I didn't think so at the time when Angel was still a going concern, I feel now this is in my opinion the last really good album they did. Could have been great if mixed differently, these songs deserve a big sound. Great chorus on That Magic Touch. Love the heaviness of Cast The First Stone, always thought Punky Meadows should have been allowed to roam free more!
#8 | AOR Lee on June 08 2013 06:19:54
This is an uneven album, certainly transitional as stated by Reyno. I find several highlights from an AOR point of view, the direction the band would pursue under Eddie Leonetti already evident on the stronger tracks here. The low points are etremely low, I have to agree with Eric, Big Boy is one serious throwaway. Also agree that better production would have lifted the album a few notches
#9 | super80boy on June 07 2015 16:39:54
Right out of the gate you can hear the low/flat production quality, at least on the vinyl version, which also comes with a poster. However there are some high points on this album as many people have pointed out here.
#10 | Eric on June 07 2015 22:33:03
About that poster that came with the album, I had it on my bedroom wall and I remember my Mom looking at it and commenting 'who are those girls?'. *sigh* Oh to be a teenager in the 70's again...
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